kitchen safety

Stylish custom baby safety gates

Stylish custom baby safety gates Baby safety gates are fundamental tools in baby proofing a home, but this does not mean they should also be eyesores. An example of this are the two installation pictured: Above, a high quality customized safety gate with an auto lock door placed at the bottom of a staircase, below, another custom sectional baby gate, this time installed to keep children out of the kitchen.   Both these installations were carried out by our team in a minimum amount of time, without causing damage to walls or furniture, and using only JPMA approved baby gates that are not always found in regular stores. Placing a child safety gate for a non professional is not only time consuming but also complicated, and not always do parents get this installation right on their own. By contacting the Baby Safe Homes safety expert closest to you, not only will your child be protected by the best quality gate available, but by one which was also placed correctly and nicely blends into the surroundings of your home. Call 888.481.7233

Custom safety locks for kitchens

Custom childproofing safety locks for kitchens Kitchens are full of potential hazards. These include gas, electricity, sharp utensils, chemicals, breakable glass and dishes, garbage disposals, and most of all fire hazards. According to a study carried out between 1990 and 2006, thermal burns caused by heat and fire accounted for nearly 60% of all child injuries, with most of these accidents relating to kitchen appliances. Pictured above, a custom appliance lock installed by our team on a microwave built into a kitchen center island below the counter level. Other baby proofing devices that keep children from burning themselves are stove knob covers which prevent infants from accidentally turning the fire on. Although baby proofing devices add a layer of protection to your home, nothing beats a parent’s watchful eye. Be mindful of the dangers your kitchen may carry and behave accordingly. A simple gesture as using the back burners to cook when children are around, or remembering to turn all pot handles toward the back of the stove, can go a long way. For more information on kitchen safety, safety locks on cabinets or appliances, or stove knob covers, please call 888.481.7233. Safety is just a phone call away.  

Baby proofing a kitchen: Stove knob covers

Baby proofing a kitchen: Stove knob covers The kitchen is the most challenging part of the home to baby proof, mainly because of all the different dangers and hazards it holds for a small child. Nevertheless, it’s the room in which families spend most of their time, so safety measures need to be put in place to make sure everyone is safe. Install safety locks on cabinets containing detergent, pesticides and other toxic chemicals, or remove those substances all together by placing them in a spot so high your child can’t reach them. Same treatment applies to plastic bags and boxes of cling wrap. These may seem harmless objects, but the risk of a child recognizing them as toys and suffocating on them is quite high. Store knives and other sharp tools in latched drawers and move all electrical appliances out of your child’s reach, while making especially sure that your child isn’t able to reach their cords and potentially pull a heavy toaster or coffeemaker onto himself. Last but not least, make sure your child is unable to turn the stove on and off by himself by childproofing your stove with stove knob covers like the ones pictured below. Please remember that although baby proofing is a great way to add a layer of protection around your home, nothing beats parent supervision, especially in a dangerous rooms such as can be a kitchen. To learn more about cabinet safety locks and latches, as well as stove knob covers, book an appointment with the Baby Safe Homes safety specialist closest to you. Call 888.481.7233

Baby proofing and accidental poisoning

Baby proofing and accidental poisoning When baby proofing a home it’s a good idea to start by get down on your hands and knees and looking around from your baby’s perspective. This not only helps you spot potentially dangerous objects, but it also allows you to understand what your child can or can’t reach, for example certain drawers and cabinets. Whether in the kitchen, the bathroom, the laundry room or the garage, our homes are full of containers that could cause a great deal of harm to a small child who mistakes those colorful liquids or pills for juice or candy. Everything from medicines, bleaches, oven and drain cleaners, paint solvents, polishes, waxes and other toxic items should be kept out of reach, behind a secured latch cabinet or drawer. More than 1 million children under 6 are victims of accidental poisoning each year. This happens because at a young age children tend to explore the world by putting things in their mouth, so the only way to prevent them ‘exploring’ something dangerous is to make sure they don’t have access to it. Use high quality latches designed to be used with your specific cabinetry, and take special care to install them correctly. PLEASE NOTE that child-resistant does not mean childproof. If you plan on relying on containers sporting that label, instead of baby proofing devices such as locks and latches, then allow us to remind you that child-resistant containers are intended to DELAY a child who is trying to open something long enough for an adult to intervene. Most pediatricians in fact agree that if a child is left alone with such a container, it will take him/her no more than 30 minutes to […]

Baby proofing a kitchen

Baby proofing a kitchen The kitchen holds many hazards for children, so much so that some experts even recommend they completely get excluded from it. We realize how difficult this would be, seeing that it’s a room in which parents spend a lot of their time, so here are other solutions to keep children safe in this part of the house. Store dangerous objects such as dishwasher soap or polish and sharp instruments such as knives, forks and scissors, in a high cabinet or in a locked drawer. Easy to use child proof cabinet and drawer locks like the ones pictured above, help in keeping little hands away from cutlery or poisonous substances. Remember to unplug appliances when they are not in use so your child cannot turn them on, and don’t allow electrical cords to dangle where your child can reach and tug on them. This could result in a child possibly pulling a heavy appliance onto himself. When cooking, make sure pot handles are turned towards the back of the stove so your child can’t reach up and grab them, and be sure you know where he is so you don’t trip over him while holding a hot plate or a hot liquid. If you think that the kitchen may be too dangerous for your children to be in, then installing a child safety baby gate at the entrance of the room is another possible option. Contact your local Baby Safe Homes safety professional for a complete walk-through of your home and for more information on drawer locks and child safety gates. Call 888-481-7233.

Child safety gates prevent accidents

Child safety gates prevent accidents Kitchens hold many hazards for a crawling baby. They can open low cabinets full of toxic liquids or pods that could easily be mistaken for candy, or they could grab a magnet off the fridge and put it in their mouth. They could also reach for something that’s cooking on the stove or pull appliances or other objects towards them by tugging on electrical cords or on tablecloths. It’s important to keep children that are too young to understand the dangers of a kitchen outside this hazardous area by using baby safety gates like the one pictured below.     Quality safety gates are a must if you want to contain your baby in a specific area of your home or if you want to barricade them from a specific hazard. Always remember to close the safety gate behind you when entering or leaving the kitchen, and keep the gate free from furniture or other objects your child could use to climb over it. Find the Baby Safe Homes safety professional nearest to you, and start baby proofing your kitchen and the rest of your home with high quality materials installed by professionals! Call 888.481.7233

Kitchen safety

Kitchen safety Baby Safe Homes performs a complete walk-through of your home and provides a detailed, itemized estimate of what we think would best baby proof your home. It is then entirely up to you to decide how much or how little work you would like to have done. Let’s take as an example kitchen safety tips and recommendations. To steer clear of tipping hazards, anchor floor standing ovens to the floor. To check your oven, grab the back of the oven and pull forward or open the oven door and push down. The oven should not tip forward. Keep dishwasher locked or install an appliance latch. If latching is not possible, point sharp utensils downward. Do not add dish washing detergent until you plan to run the washer, and when not using it, store it out of reach. Cabinets and drawers below counter level need to be secured with high quality latches specific to your cabinetry. Although latches are installed try as much as possible to store all chemicals and poisons (e.g Cleaning products) out of reach of children. Also, keep knives and sharp objects toward the back of drawers. Other possible child proofing solutions to secure a kitchen would be for example, to install self close electrical outlets, outlet plugs, power strip covers, or carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Call 888.481.7233 and book an appointment with our Baby Safe Homes safety professional nearest to you. Baby Safe Homes, baby proofing, tailored to YOUR needs!

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